The State of Qatar is a constitutional monarchy ruled by The Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Heir Apparent is hid son HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. HH The Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani is seen right with the Heir Apparent on the left. The Qatari flag and coat of armn can be seen in the background.
HH The Emir Sheikh Hamad Al Thani was born in Doha in 1952 and attended local primary and secondary school. In 1971 he graduated from the prestigious Sandhurst Military Academy in England. On his return to Qatar he joined the Qatari Armed Forces with the rank of Lieutenant and is now Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. He was appointed Heir Apparent and Minister od Defence on 31st May 1977 and acceded to power on 27th June 1995.
HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani was born in Doha on 3rd June 1980 and was educated in Qatar and United Kingdom. He graduated from Sanhurst Military Academy in 1998 and was appointed Heir Apparent on 5th August 2003.